Lead Teacher, Infant/Toddler

Location
Milton, Massachusetts
Posted
Mar 06, 2017
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Thank you for considering Curry College in your search.

About Curry College:

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution located on a wooded 131-acre campus in Milton, MA just seven miles from downtown Boston. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Curry College offers 24 undergraduate majors, over 60 minors and concentrations, as well as four graduate programs. 

Curry College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in every aspect of its operations. The College values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds. Curry College is an equal opportunity employer that encourages diversity in the workplace.

Under the direction of the Director of the Curry Early Childhood Center, the Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher will provide a warm, safe, and stimulating environment to nurture the development of children to their fullest potential. The Lead Teacher will comply with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care regulations, CECC policies, and current best practice in early childhood development. The incumbent will foster independence, creativity and self-confidence in children and adults, and reflect the mission of the Curry College to value individual differences while promoting the cognitive, social and emotional development of children and adults.  The Lead Teacher will serve as role model for teachers, parents and college students.  The Lead Teacher serves as the coordinator of their teaching team.  This position will begin in late spring 2017. This position is scheduled to work 8.5 hours per shift, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. 

Essential Functions:

Children Care and Instruction:

  • Treat children with respect and maintain a warm, nurturing and objective attitude toward all children.
  • Communicate clear, reasonable and consistent rules, expectations, limits and standards, implement positive/consistent discipline and model proper behavior.
  • Plan scope and sequence of lessons in accordance with the curriculum goals.
  • Stimulate thinking in individual, small group, and large group activities.
  • Observe, assess, and evaluate pupil growth and program effectiveness.
  • Facilitate and support children in problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Administer medicine and first aid according to Health Policy and EEC regulations and maintain proper records.
  • Change diapers and assist in toileting and hand washing in accordance with the Center Policies.
  • Collaborate with Special Educators and follow IEP and IFSP plans.
  • Complete annual professional development hours as specified by EEC.

Environment:

  • Comply with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care regulations; follow Department of Public Health recommended practices.
  • Prepare, evaluate and adjust the environment based on the developmental needs of children.
  • Organize and maintain instructional materials.
  • Provide a warm, friendly, and welcoming environment.

Parent Relationships:

  • Participate in evening parent meetings.
  • Hold parent conferences when requested, or when necessary to address developmental concerns.
  • Maintain open and friendly relationships with parents; build partnerships with parents.
  • Communicate with parents daily in a variety of ways.

Supervisory/Leadership:

  • Coordinate and lead Team meetings, set meeting agendas, keep meeting minutes.
  • Bring Team concerns to the directors; problem solve for solutions.
  • Supervise, mentor and evaluate college student employees, volunteers, and student interns.
  • Serve as a mentor and resource for other teachers; assist with evaluation and observation of team members.
  • Maintain a good relationship with the Curry College Education Department; provide guest lectures.
  • Supervise the Center in the absence of the Directors.
  • Address center wide issues with the other Team Leader and Directors.

    ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Open and/or close the Center when necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Education or related field.
  • Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Lead Teacher Certification is required.
  • Two or more years Early Childhood experience in a school or early education and care setting.
  • Two or more years’ experience supervising adults.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively deal with a variety of individuals.
  • Broad understanding of child development and knowledge of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care regulations.
  • Must have CPR and First Aid certification.
  • Ability to lift, move and hold children and objects up to 40 lbs. Ability to supervise children outdoors for extended periods of time during varied weather conditions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post Bachelors coursework and training in Early Education, Child Psychology or Special Education.

At the College’s discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the College, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment background checks.

Please apply online at: http://www.curry.edu/about-curry/employment/job-opportunities.html for consideration.  Interested Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of three professional references including complete contact information and professional titles.